Gov. Tim Pawlenty Wednesday signed two bills into law:
- Absentee ballots will be counted by boards set up just for that task. It is a change from past practices, which were called into question in the controversial recount of the 2008 U.S. Senate race. That election was decided by absentee ballots that some say were counted differently in different counties.
- A practice called "live checks" is outlawed. A live check is one sent to someone that if endorsed actually signs the person up for a subscription or some other service or product that was not wanted.